Software Problems in University Environment

by Leonard A. Lopez, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pg. 385-399

Document Type: Journal Paper


The costs associated with computer software have come into sharp focus in recent years. A number of workshops have been held to consider the problem and how to make software more cost effective within civil engineering. One of these workshops looked at the problems associated with software in the university research environment. This paper presents a synthesis of the ideas expressed at the workshop combined with the author's current ideas on the subject. The current problems associated with software in universities as well as the status of software development is considered. The relationship of current problems to the past 20 yr of growth in research is established. The conclusion is that these problems can be solved through increased education for civil engineering students in the discipline of software engineering, combined with the introduction of a journal of software engineering in ASCE plus a software distribution effort suited to academic needs.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Computer software | Colleges and universities | Students

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